We’re seriously backlogged regarding films we saw at the festival. For now:
Texas High School Competition:
People have been declaring SXSW "the new Sundance" for years. We never witnessed the heyday of Sundance as a mecca for innovation and truly independent filmmaking, but, contrasting the two this year, there’s no denying that Sundance seems overwhelmingly like a marketplace while SXSW gives off a warm aura of community and genuine love of film. Nothing will replace Sundance in terms of importance in the film industry, but as that festival goes down a path of practical midrange films with at least one or two recognizable names and an easy marketing hook, it’s a relief to see SXSW embracing microbudget filmmaking that pushes boundaries without a thought to what Fox Searchlight or Focus Features would think.